F8 Changes and YOU!

Last Friday, I like a million other people, watched as Mark Zuckerberg explained the changes that are and will happen with Facebook during the 2011 F8 Conference. It was exciting. I watched his presentation from my computer and took away these 5 things that will change on my personal Facebook page:

  1. Timeline: It’s telling your entire life on a single page.  You will now be able to share from birth on your life as you see it. You’ll be able to share more “stories” about what you’ve done in your life. You’ll be able to add important details of your life on your timeline and your friends can add too!
  2. Open Graph and APPS: Facebook wants the world to be more open and connected. They will be using APPS to help this become a reality. Now when we say “there’s an APP for that” we’ll really mean it. Facebook will be about APPS and how we use them to enhance our timeline. We will also use more APPS to share with our friends (there will be music, movies, books, and news sharing APPS).
  3. Ticker: No, we’re not talking about your heart – but do take heart in this new feature. The ticker is about getting little bits of information about what are friends are doing now and you can tap into what they are doing (example – listening to song “X”…you can now listen to it too). Facebook has partnered with Spotify and Netflix to help build this new connecting space.
  4. Feeds: It’s all about how and what you receive from your Facebook connections – you control. This is the most interesting piece that See-Janet-Work will watch over the next few months. How Facebook users control their inbound messages from the friends they connect to and the pages they like seems to be one piece from the F8 presentation that is a bit unknown. As Facebook stands today the deluge of information pushed to you by your connections on Facebook is something has annoyed many people. To be able to quiet inbound communications means we all have to be a smarter in what we say, when we say, and how we can keep on the “good side” of the millions of Facebook users.
  5. Express Yourself Visually: I think this new feature is my favorite. Facebook allows you to share more about yourself through pictures that are richer visually. A large photo will dawn the top of your Facebook page (and not the mini film strip). You’ll still have your profile shot, but this new photo element allows you to capture something more than a small photo of you. The photo album is becoming artistically more interesting with photos more in montage than just a simple, shall we say “snap shot” view.

These changes are not for the shy and/or private-sensitive person – or the person who already doesn’t have enough time to deal with Facebook. But the changes are coming (now and over the next few months) and if you want to stay in control of what you do on Facebook (and what others can access about you) then get prepared and recheck your privacy settings often.

Now to figure out and come up with solutions as to how this impacts how a business fan page will interact with these new changes.

Stay tuned more to come! Post your comments at Facebook.com/seejanetwork

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